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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Christian Love
September 15, 2008

The Bible tells us in Matthew 28:18-20 that we are to go into all the world sharing our faith with others. Many who are not believers have a hard time understanding why we as Christians are always seeming to ram our religion down other people's throats. The misunderstanding often comes from a misunderstanding of authority. We go as Christians into the world sharing what Christ has done for us so that others might experience the same miracle of life that we have. Our ultimate reason for going, however, is simply that God has said to go. God is our higher authority. The Bible tells us that we are not of this world, but we are citizens of a heavenly kingdom. We belong to Christ when we give Him lordship over our lives. We realize that this world is only temporary. Even those who do not belong to Christ believe that we are all going to die one day. It is they who have the most to gain by prolonging death with all of the medical advancements that we have today. I had a member recently tell me that if we really believe what the Bible says about heaven and the fallen nature of this world, why would we want to pray so many people out of heaven. However, back to the main point! Since we are citizens of heaven, we answer to our Heavenly Father. He has told us through His Son, Jesus Christ, whom He has given power and honor (Phill. 2:5-11; Matt. 28:18) to go and tell others about Christ's saving work on the cross. The ultimate mandate for every believer in Christ is to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. That is what our church's mission statement is derived from: Love God, Love Others, Serve the World. The problem that we encounter is that we must do this with an attitude of love in a world that sees the Gospel as foolishness. It is hard to tell a co-worker that they need to come to know the Lord. It is even harder to tell that person to come to Christ when they are making fun of you and ridiculing you. Often times we become violent and lash out at people. When I was at the University of Georgia, I used to see these preachers at the Tate Student Center and they would always be lashing out at people and holding signs letting people know that if they sinned, they were going to hell. I used to wonder how many people actually repented as a result of their message. Most likely, it drove them further from the cross. But even then, I'm sure that their motivation was one of love for people. They were most likely wanting to see people turn. As Christians, we must guard ourselves from having this same attitude and approach. Jesus said that sharing the gospel was our mission, but he also told us that we are to "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" and "love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:37,39)." We must remember that God does not force anyone to believe and we are not judged as Christians based on the number of notches in our belt, but rather we are judged by our willingness to go. We must go with an attitude of love. If someone disagrees, let him. If someone argues, let him. We can give a defense for our faith out of love, but we must never lash out at people. Finally, remember that Jesus also said that people will know that we are His disciples if we have love for one another. Let us go forth and share the gospel in love.

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On Monday, September 29, 2008, Matt Haywood said

Speaking of good CHristian love, look what the cat (Auburn Fan) dragged in. Jeff, I know! Georgia played dead Saturday. Thanks for the compliments. I hope the messages are actually worth listening to. I hope things are going great in Tokyo! Tell Kimberly and the boys hey.

 


On Sunday, September 28, 2008, Jeff Burns said

Hey Big UGA fan, Your dawgs let me down the other night. What is up with that. Anywho, I was missin my boy and I thought that I would read some blogs of your and listen to your gambling message. Great Stuff! Keep up the great work. Burns

 


On Friday, September 26, 2008, Amy Corona said

Bethlehem Baptist is an Awesome place to be. God is so present! I have been a member for almost 2 years now and I can tell you that I found a family the moment I walked in the door. I have 2 children in our Youth group and they love to go to church for that reason, being a part of the Youth group. I have a daugher that is also in the GA's and they are very active doing Mission's projects. If you are looking for a church to attend, Bethelehem is (in the words of our youth of today) OFF THE CHAIN!!!!

 


On Monday, September 22, 2008, Chuck Haywood said

The music is awesome!

 


On Sunday, September 21, 2008, Matt Haywood said

No problem! Just trying to support our local schools. I was hoping to make this site a hub for our people to use as a homepage and get to anywhere they might want. Any tips are welcome. I have little web knowledge. Most of this is through a web designer and a wisywig.

 


On Friday, September 19, 2008, Lynda Johnson said

The site is awesome...great job! Thanks for including Trinity -- check out the volleyball schedule & come out for a match some time...pretty fun to watch. Let me know if you're coming so you can be our guest. :-)

 



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